Great Expectations at SWCC

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Great Expectations is a program offered at community colleges across Virginia, created to benefit students who are or have been affiliated with the foster care system.


Who is eligible? Individuals ages 17-24 who are aging out of the foster care system.

What services are provided? A Great Expectations Counselor works directly with the participants throughout their time at SWCC.

Great Expectations offers:

  • Help applying for college admission and financial aid
  • Personalized counseling
  • Career exploration and coaching
  • Student and adult mentors
  • Life skills training, including managing finances
  • Individualized tutoring
  • An internet-based resource center,
  • Emergency and incentive funds for students
  • Mentors

Referrals Would you like to refer someone to the Great Expectations program? If so, please download the Referral Form (PDF) and mail to: Jennifer Roark, P.O. Box 1101, Richlands, VA 24641

JenniferSWCC Coordinator of Great Expectations

Jennifer Roark, MA, LPC 276.964.7653, Dellinger Hall

“I am truly blessed to work with the individuals in the Great Expectations Program here at SWCC. I believe that every person has potential to change their situation for the better, and hopefully with the support of this program, we can see these Great Expectations come to life!

I want this program to be an inspiration to the individuals involved to be the best they can be, and succeed in whatever they choose to do. It is my goal to provide a supportive environment here on campus for the participants, provide opportunities for growth and new experiences, and celebrate when they cross the finish line at graduation!! If you would like to learn more about the program, please do not hesitate to call me. I would love to share with you all the details of what we are doing to make this program great!!”

Helpful Links

Resource Guide – Great Expectations

VCCS Great Expectations,

Project LIFE,

VDSS Services for Older Youth & Independent Living,

Foster Care Alumni of America

Faces of Virginia Families,

Virginia Wizard,

Southwest Virginia Heritage Guide